Correspondances

On the M├ętro, the connections to other lines and other stations are signposted as Correspondances. Here I am thinking about meeting points, the points of connection to other lines, other destinations to introduce my notes on the books I read and films etc. that correspond to my own writing in some way, and correlate with my interests.

Tracing a route

Tracing a route through the books and touching sometimes on the journeys Rhys herself took, I am mapping them through place and through a series of journeys, starting from London in Voyage in the Dark, to Paris in Quartet, the Paris and London of After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, and returning to Paris in Good Morning, Midnight.

What they call an impasse

A cheap hotel in Paris. Hotel rooms often figure in Jean Rhys books, and this particular hotel is situated in an impasse, that most evocative of French place names. They can be found everywhere in Paris, and often they are named. Threaded through the book are some possibilities that might help me to pinpoint its location, and from the map I can identify a few lines which lead to nowhere, dead ends.